What is power? What is your power? When I think of power, I think of:
- the power that someone exerts over another person, especially at work
- destructive powers
- “strong” and “hard” powers
But, what about “softer” and gentler powers. For example, the power to heal, the power to inspire. Wait a moment. Let’s explore the definition of power.
According to Merriam Webster, power is defined as (the short and quick version):
- : the ability or right to control people or things
- : political control of a country or area
- : a person or organization that has a lot of control and influence over other people or organizations
See! I am right. It is the ability to control people or things. To direct things towards your outcome. Incidentally, I chanced across the following definition of power in Oxford dictionaries: “The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.”
Now, now, now. That’s a much broader definition of power, isn’t it? “The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.” Based on this, wouldn’t people that are typically seen to be “powerless” as powerful?